Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, October 6, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

October 6, 2020


Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,


We are so proud of all of the hard work and determination of our amazing students, families, teachers and staff. We have all pulled off one amazing first quarter and we could not have done this without each of you.


Over our break, be sure to use your time to get caught up if needed, but also take time to enjoy the fall break as a family. It is always good to unplug for a bit and take some time to enjoy nature or whatever activities make you most happy.


Remember, our fall break does not have set dates for work to be completed. The Vail School District is scheduled for fall break the weeks of October 12th - October 23rd. You do not have to log in to Edmentum or Calvert to work over the break if you are on track. This is a great opportunity to close gaps, get caught up, or even ahead if you feel so inclined. Getting ahead and studying will help at your finals time to allow you more time to study.


Over the break (October 12-23) the VIC will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday both weeks.


One more reminder, over the break teachers will be checking emails daily. If you are in need of items to be unlocked or you are in need of assistance and it has been over 24 hours, please email innovation@vailschooldistrict.org.


Thank you and have a great break,


Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12

520-879-1313

tankersleyr@vailschooldistrict.org

Individual Pictures Survey

Hello families!


Here is a link for you to complete a brief survey to let us know if you are interested in having your student come in to the VIC for a student picture. https://forms.gle/M4Pztyu43pPdqPRT8


Thank you for your help in completing this survey so we can plan accordingly.

CyberWolf Bytes... the reveal of Our New Mascot Logo

Fall Break and Work in Edmentum

Hello Students,


As we are nearing our fall break, remember that you will need to be on pace in all of your classes by Friday, October 9th, 2020 in order to take this time off. If you are behind pace in any of your classes, it is our expectation that you will use the fall break time to login and catch up. When students use this fall break time as work time, the class completions will progress at a faster rate since the pacing calendar is frozen and new targets are not being added. Please use the fall break time to your advantage.


When the Vail School District goes on the scheduled fall break the weeks of October 12th-23rd, you are not required to login to Edmentum, if you are on pace in all of your classes.


Thank you,

The Vail Innovation Center Team

The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Families

Hello VIC K-5 students and families,


We are so proud of all of the hard work and determination of our amazing students, families, teachers and staff. We have all pulled off one amazing first quarter and we could not have done this without each of you.


Over our break, be sure to use your time to get caught up if needed, but also take time to enjoy the fall break as a family. It is always good to unplug for a bit and take some time to enjoy nature or whatever activities make you most happy.


Over the break (October 12-23) the VIC will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday both weeks.


Thank you and have a great break,

Mrs. Tankersley


Latest News:

  • Ms. Heidingsfelder is inviting you to a scheduled dance group Zoom meeting. The dance group is Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30-8:40.
    Topic: Move, Wiggle and Learn with Ms. H!
    Time: This is a recurring meeting
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87506222992?pwd=M3Jhd3I1ZksvaWhuQm42OGI2TVRhZz09

    Meeting ID: 875 0622 2992
    Passcode: 1Ur4hs

  • The elementary teachers have been so very impressed with the kiddos and wanted to send out a few shout outs to our students of the month! Congratulations to the kids and their families!
  • This week the teachers will continue to be on the lookout for kids that are dressed to impress during the Zoom meetings as well as those on task. It has been so adorable to see their style. We would love to see the students show their personalities with their learning environment and clothing choices.

Dressed to Impress and Student On Task Recognition:

  • 4th Grade On Task: Michael Bustillos, Bridget Arellano, and Grady Schultz. They are always on task, participate in Zoom calls, and have great attitudes each and every day.
  • 5th Grade Best Dressed: Aiden Mertes
  • 5th Grade On Task: Michelle Mora Acosta

K-5 Students of the Month for October

Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner

We would like to send a KUDOS out for the following students. Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next.


Mrs. Elchert; recognizes Jaime Hunter for always striving for excellence. Even when an assignment is more challenging and lengthy she preservers and doesn’t give up. Marissa Twaits hasn’t let the challenges of online learning stop her hard work or her great attitude. She is always polite and pleasant in her emails and listens to feedback on how to be successful.


Mrs. Garcia; Matthew Diaz has been working steadily through the course. Way to go Matthew! Gianna Miller has been focused as she works through her ELA course. She asks questions, and she always tries to give her very best. Keep it up, Gigi! Aurora Thompson has been working steadily through the course, and completed a thoughtful presentation on symbols in the Hunger Games. Nicely done, Aurora. Carter Bohnsack has been completing tasks and putting in time on his tutorials. He also created a colorful presentation on relatable characters in a novel. Way to go, Carter!


Mrs. Whitt; Zoey Taylor has been doing a great job of asking questions and feedback when she’s stuck. She is working super hard and ahead of pace on her Algebra 3 class!!


Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in ALL of their classes:

6th grade; Jonathan Stubblefield, Ethan Rogers

7th grade; Benjamin Wilson, Natalie Smith

8th grade; Joella Dalman, Gianna Miller

9th grade; Nevaeh Bustillos, Aidan French

10th grade; Allyson Tate, Rocco Cochran

11th grade; Cierrah Utsey, Kendall Clark

12th grade; Seth Rico, Savanna Oliver

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch.

6-12 End of Semester Test Procedures

Hello VIC students, parents, and staff,


Testing procedures are being revised for the remainder of the school year. Please read the information provided below.


At this time we are going to continue to have students take their final exams from home. When scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements mentioned below. We will strictly adhere to these guidelines.


How to schedule your exam:


  1. Students will need to use the link on their Teacher Approval letter to schedule their final. The final times will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at either 9 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

** Please remember testing will be done from HOME, so you will not be testing at the VIC. You MUST fill out the GoogleForm completely to schedule your time.

  1. We highly encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) to proctor and support you during your exam. Things for you to keep in mind:

    1. During the exam you may only use a 4x6 notecard to write any notes you may need for the test.

    2. Students should plan to spend up to two hours to complete their exam.

  2. After you complete your final exam, you must take a screenshot of your browser history showing your testing time. This will be sent to your teacher for them to approve your credit for the course. *If you do not send your history, your final will be invalidated and you will receive an “F” on your transcript.


Once your final is scheduled with all of the appropriate information we will unlock the exam for you remotely. By scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements from above. Please be sure to read them carefully so you are in compliance with the policies to keep your final exam results valid.


Thank you,

The VIC Team


If you have any questions or concerns, please email one of the following:


Rachel Tankersley- Coordinator of Digital Learning tankersleyr@vailschooldistrict.org

Julie Devaughn- Online Office Specialist devaughnj@vailschooldistrict.org

Amanda Schock- Paraprofessional schocka@vailschooldistrict.org

Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Seniors,


The date has come and gone for you to submit your SEP paperwork. If you have not turned in your Letter of Intent, Parent Consent Form or Plagiarism Contract you need to contact me immediately to avoid any negative consequences. The aforementioned also applies to those who are missing any documents so please make sure you have turned in all of your paperwork.


I would also like to remind everyone the importance of staying on top of your coursework, the end of the semester will be here before you know it and playing catch up can negatively impact your grades. Also remember that the writing workshop is scheduled for October 13th and 14th from 1:00-3:00pm.


Topic: SEP Writing Workshop
Time: Oct 13, 2020 01:00 PM Arizona


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85121652073?pwd=VUlWcVZSSmhWNjZNSXR6TGZ2cW40dz09

Meeting ID: 851 2165 2073
Passcode: tpf4sN


Topic: SEP Writing Workshop/Office Hours
Time: Oct 14, 2020 01:00 PM Arizona


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86252034749?pwd=K1NXeHpjdFFsTnVLTkN2VmJaclhxZz09

Meeting ID: 862 5203 4749
Passcode: 5cppjx


We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources. Keep in mind due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently working on modifications to the SEP and we will keep you updated.


As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mr Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor

520-879-1925

ogdena@vailschooldistrict.org

Important Flyers and Information

Aramark: Weekend and Fall Break Curbside Meals

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VIC/VBL PTA Membership Info

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Parent Volunteer Link to Sign Up

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K-12 VIC Staff Contacts - Communication is Key

Students,

Please be sure you are reaching out to your teacher at any time to get support or ask questions. We are attaching our staff list showing teacher names and email addresses so you can easily contact your teacher. We are all here to help you succeed. Please plan enough time to hear back from your teacher within 24 hours.


Here is the link to our spreadsheet with all of the VIC teachers and their email.

"Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity."

— Nat Turner

Edmentum Tech Support

If you are having any technical troubles with your online class, please contact Edmentum:


Technical Support

1-800-447-5286

Mon- Fri 4:30 am – 6:30 pm

Sat & Sun 6:00 am – 3:30 pm

Email: ​info@edmentum.com

Online: ​https://support.edmentum.com/